Outdoor enthusiasts have a new digital tool to help find a nearby park with the launch of “Play Outside,” a new website the Delaware State Parks hope will encourage more children and families to enjoy public parks across the state.
The new site provides residents and visitors with information on public outdoor recreation areas including municipal, county and state park lands or recreational facilities such as playgrounds, ball fields, fishing piers, trails, parking and even restrooms, using an interactive online web map. The site is mobile device- friendly and can also track users’ current locations to help them navigate along the many miles of trails that Delaware has to offer.
Play Outside (de.gov/playoutside) allows users to find public parks as well as exact locations of outdoor recreation facilities within parks and wildlife areas throughout the state. It includes all areas in the public trust managed by towns, cities, counties and state agencies in Delaware.
“The public can find a softball field or playground near home, 10 miles away, or in a nearby town or county,” said Ray Bivens, director of DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation. “Children and their families can find the location of all trails in Delaware, or navigate to fishing spots statewide. These are just a few of the powerful functions this web tool offers its users.”
The website is designed to serve those looking for outdoor recreation opportunities, places to be immersed in nature or to conduct active lifestyles. Users can locate parks close to home or in less-developed places such as wildlife areas.
Play Outside was developed in partnership with DNREC‘s Division of Parks & Recreation and the Delaware Department of Technology and Information. Geographic Information System (GIS) software, aerial photography and an Outdoor Recreation Inventory are combined to deliver park and outdoor activity information on the new website, which includes a variety of search functions.
Information on new facilities is regularly added to a database – the Outdoor Recreation Inventory (ORI).